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Fleming Fraker Postcard Collection
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Ackley to Bloomfield

Ackley, Adair, Adel, Albia, Alden, Algona, Allerton, Amana, Ames, Anamosa, Andrew, Anita, Anthon, Arlington, Armstrong, Arthur, Aspinwall, Atlantic, Audubon Battle Creek, Baxter, Beaman, Bedford, Bellevue, Belmond, Beloit, Bettendorf, Blairstown, Bloomfield

Cedar Rapids to Corydon

Cedar Rapids (cont.), Center Point, Centerville, Central City, Chariton, Charles City, Charlotte, Cherokee, Clarinda, Clarion, Clarkesville, Clear Lake, Clinton, Colfax, Columbus Junction, Coon Rapids, Corning, Corwith, Corydon

Council Bluffs to Elkader

Council Bluffs, Cresco, Creston Davenport (in Boxes 4-5), Dawson, Decorah, Defiance, Des Moines (in Boxes 1-3), Deep River, Delmar, Denison, DeWitt, Doon, Dows, Dubuque, Dumont, Dyersville Eagle Grove, Earlham, Earlville, Eddyville, Edgewood, Eldon, Eldora, Elkader

Des Moines

(Note: postcards are arranged alphabetically within respective categories) Hospitals/homes: Benedict Home, Broadlawns Hospital, Home for the Aged, Lutheran Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Ramsey Home, Veterans Hospital Capitol Complex: Views of the Capitol, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, artwork within the capitol complex (including Terrace Hill), Terrace Hill, old Governor’s Mansion, Grimes Building Parks and Miscellaneous: Birdland Park, Des Moines River, Grand View Park, Greenwood Park, Ingersoll Park, Riverview Park, South park, Water Works Park, Union Park, miscellaneous small parks, Des Moines Airport, Des Moines water tower, other miscellaneous< Schools Colleges: AIB, Des Moines University, Des Moines Catholic, Drake University, Highland Park College High schools: East, Lincoln, Webster, West Iowa State Fairgrounds Conglomerate cards (containing more than one scene; i.e., Welcome to Des Moines!) Buildings: Salisbury House, Hyperion golf course, Successful Farming Headquarters, State Historical Building, Polk County Courthouse, Auditorium, Art Center, Municipal Building, Des Moines post office/library Churches: Congregational, Methodist, St. Ambrose Catholic, Central Church of Christ, Central Presbyterian, Church of Christian Scientists, University Church of Christ, view of the Seven Towers, Swedish Lutheran Church Hotels: Brown, Chamberlain, Commodore, Fort Des Moines, Kirkwood, Savery, Victoria, Wellington, Irwin Buildings: Equitable, Equitable of Life, YMCA, New Hubbell, Des Moines, banks, YWCA, Yeoman Castle, Masonic temples (including Scottish Rite), Fleming, Union Depot, misc. buildings Street and Bridges: Sixth Avenue, Locust Street, Locust St. Bridge, Walnut Avenue, Walnut Ave. Bridge, Court Avenue, West 4th Street, side streets Views of the city Camp Dodge Fort Des Moines

Elkport to Havelock

Elkport, Elliot, Elma, Emerson, Emmetsburg, Epworth, Estherville, Exira Farley, Farmersburg, Farmington, Farnhamville, Farragut, Fayette, Festina, Fonda, Fontanelle, Forest City, Fort Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison Galland, Galva, Garden Grove, Garnavillo, Garner, Garrison, Gilmore City, Gilman, Girard, Glenwood, Graettinger, Grand Mound, Granger, Granville, Greeley, Greene, Greenfield, Gregory, Grinnell , Griswold, Goldfield, Goodell, Guttenberg Hamburg, Hampton, Harlan, Hartley, Havelock

Fleming Fraker Postcard Collection

  • US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.80
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The Fraker collection of postcards consists of approximately 7,000 cards, depicting 501 Iowa cities and towns. The cancellation dates on the postcards range from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1960’s, although most cards date from circa 1910. The collection is arranged alphabetically. All towns with two or more cards are filed individually, while towns with only one card are filed at the beginning of their letter group. In box 17, there are several miscellaneous cards, including book cards, military cards, and unidentifiable cards. The book postcards of Iowa feature either towns or the state as a whole. There are also several postcards from military institutions across the United States. The unidentifiable cards are handmade, but were never sent through the mail and do not indicate their town. These cards depict a wide range of subjects, including people, homes, and businesses.

There are also approximately 1,200 postcards of Des Moines, as well as 1,000 views of Davenport. In addition, Ottumwa has three postcards of double length that portray panoramic views of the city. These are in box 14.

There are two scrapbooks in the manuscript collection; one is of the county courthouses of Iowa and the second is filled with postcards from Des Moines. These are both located at the end of the collection.

Fraker, Fleming

Hawarden to Lewis

Hawarden, Hawkeye, Hiteman, Holstein, Hopkinton, Hospers, Hubbard, Hudson, Hull, Humeston Independence, Indianola, Inwood, Iowa City, Iowa Falls, Iowa (State of) Jefferson, Jewell Kalona, Kanawa, Keokuk, Keosauqua, Klemme, Knoxville Lake City, Lake Mills, Lake Okoboji, Lamoni, Lansing, La Porte, Larchwood, Latimer, Laurens, Le Claire, Lehigh, Le Mars, Lenox, Leon, Lewis

Lidderdale to Marquette

Lidderdale, Linn Grove, Littleport, Livermore, Lone Tree, Low Moor, Luverne, Luzerne, Lyons Madrid, Manchester, Manilla, Manson, Mapleton, Maquoketa, Marble Rock, Marion, Marshalltown, Mason City, Massena, Marquette

McGregor to Osceola

McGregor, Mechanicsville, Melbourne, Menlo, Miles, Missouri Valley, Mitchellville, Monona, Montezuma, Monticello, Moravia, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Ayr, Mt. Pleasant, Mount Union, Mount Vernon, Muscatine Nashua, Nevada, Newell, New Sharon, Newton, Niagara Cave, Nora Springs, North English, Northwood, Norway Ocheyedan, Odebolt, Oelwein, Ogden, Okoboji, Onawa, Orange City, Osage, Osceola

Oskaloosa to Shenandoah

Oskaloosa, Ossian, Ottumwa, Oxford Junction Panora, Parkerburg, Pella, Perry, Plainfield, Polk County, Postville, Preston Quasqueton Red Oak, Red Rock, Reinbeck, Ridgeway, Rippey, Riverton, Rockford, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley, Rudd, Russell, Ruthven, Ryan Sabula, Sac City, Sanborn, St. Charles, Shell Rock, Scranton, Sheldon, Sheffield, Shenandoah

Sidney to Washta

Sidney, Sigourney, Sioux City, Sioux Rapids, Spillville, Spirit Lake, Springville, Stanton, State Center, Story City, Strawberry Point, Sumner, Sutherland Tabor, Tama, Tipton, Traer Ute Valley Junction, Van Horn, Villisca, Vinton Wadena, Wapello, Washington, Washta

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